MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT

 Introduction

 This statement sets out Software Solved’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020. Software Solved recognises that it has a responsibility under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Organisational Structure and Supply Chains

Software Solved provides tailored business system software and data solutions. We operate across the UK and our supply chains are predominately based within this country. This statement applies to employees at all levels including directors as well as contractors.

Relevant Documentation

Software Solved operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations. Our policies are clearly defined and communicated to all employees and contractors.

Dignity at Work – We have a zero-tolerance approach to any victimisation, bullying or harassment either in the workplace or any work-related setting.

Whistleblowing Policy – Software Solved encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, Software Solved. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Software Solved’s whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.

Recruitment – Software Solved uses only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency.

Employment – All our employees are treated fairly and equally and are paid at least the national minimum wage. Our employees will not be forced to work more than the number of hours permitted in law, and normal working hours will not exceed 48 hours per week average unless the employee expressly agrees.

Due Diligence

The organisation undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. The organisation’s due diligence and reviews include:

  • evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier;
  • reviewing on a regular basis all aspects of the supply chain based on the supply chain mapping;
  • conducting supplier audits should this be deemed prudent;
  • creating an annual risk profile for each supplier;

Awareness-Raising Programme

Software Solved will raise awareness of modern slavery issues by circulating information relating to modern slavery and human trafficking to staff in its team handbook.

Board Approval

This statement was approved on 17th April 2019 by Software Solved’s board of directors who will review and update it annually.

Director’s name:

 

Philip Ketteringham